Newsletter #115

NGOs Strongly Condemn Violence in Bahrain

Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), and the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR), strongly condemn last Tuesday’s violence that reportedly killed two policemen and injured eight others. Violence, in any context, is indefensible and will not effect the necessary reform Bahrain needs to achieve true stability and national reconciliation.

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Updates from the Ground in Bahrain

  • 47 arrested including children
  • 53 trials postponed
  • sentenced to year in prison
  • individuals remanded to a total of 95 days in detention
  • Deputy Secretary General of Al Wefaq Khalil Marzooq  questioned by Anti-Cyber Crimes Unit for  hours before being released.
  • 28 arrested in Sitra after explosion. While were released, 22 remain detained.
  • Security forces continue to use Excessive Force including Tear Gasand Shotgun Pelletsagainst protesters.
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Bahrain News and Opinion

Several NGOs gathered outside the Bahrain Embassy in London to protest the ongoing detention of Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace, who has now completed more than 132 days of hunger strike.
NGOs implored members of the Bahrain 13 Endurance Team to reconsider their membership and stand up to human rights abuses committed by Prince Nasser and the Government of Bahrain.
Since 2011, The creeping militarisation of Bahrain’s healthcare system has ensured the plight of the wounded protestor does not conclude in a hospital bed.

Arabic Sources

Please click here for a PDF of this article in English

Saudi Arabia

Mapping the Saudi State Chapter 5: The National Guard

In Mapping the Saudi State, Chapter 5: The National Guard, ADHRB studies the light army that the Saudi government has organized to quell internal unrest and prevent coups d’état. Tracing its origins back to the radical Ikhwan fighters who helped solidify King Abdulaziz’s control of the Arabian Peninsula, the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) has become a well-equipped and mobile unit thanks to extensive assistance from the United States and the United Kingdom.
Are you a victim of a human rights abuse in Bahrain or Saudi Arabia?Document your case with the Special Procedures of the United Nations through ADHRB’s UN Complaint Program.
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